Teacher or Support Staff Details
|Region:||Birmingham - West Midlands|
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During my time at the University of Wolverhampton I have demonstrated the right attitude and commitment needed to achieve highly whilst on my PGCE course. I have gained many skills which will be transferable to a career in teaching.
On the course so far I have gained experience of teaching in a mainstream school at Key Stage 2. The school was located in a multi cultural community which was evident in the ethnic diversity of the children in the school. It was here that I understood the importance of involving the parents and local community into the life of a school. I developed good classroom management techniques and it also exposed me to teaching children with EAL. The knowledge I gained from teaching in the school enabled me to build on existing skills by using a range of assessment methods and qualified me to adapt my teaching style to cater for each child’s individual needs.
Teaching at Key Stage 1 in a SEN school I have acquired experience of working with children with severe learning and physical disabilities. It has shown me how different the structure of a school day and its lessons are to a mainstream school. I have witnessed different techniques used by teaching staff to aid learning. Children learned through being more interactive with their environment by using ICT, music, puppets and arts and craft. By working alongside the specialists in school I saw how I could differentiate resources and my teaching style to cater for ASD, SLD and PMLD children when teaching literacy. When observing phonics lessons and circle time I saw how important it was to use eye contact, speak clearly and have expressive body language. I took away new techniques to improve my pedagogy and have arranged to go back so that I can gain more experience of teaching SEN.
On my present placement I am teaching a Year 2 class and I am responsible for 80% of the timetable. I liaise with my class teacher to plan lessons and I also mark and assess all work against the learning objectives and success criteria that I create for the different ability groups in the class. Whilst here I have learnt to work in partnership with senior staff on planning and preparing the children for SATs which has been an invaluable experience. I have attended professional development classes each week whilst on this current placement. These classes have broaden my knowledge on teaching phonics, assessing, child centred teaching and report writing.
I have developed professional values and practise shown through my respect for and from all pupils by making constructive relationships and being skilled in various behavioural management strategies. I have informed expectations of all my pupils and am committed to raising standards and achievements to the highest level possible. I can work collaboratively, show and share effective practise by communicating effectively.
I have gained a considerable amount of experience this year and as a result have developed my knowledge and understanding which has helped me improve my pedagogy. I have the latest knowledge of primary subjects, methods and learning. I have a strong commitment to constantly improving my teaching practise through continuous professional development by reflecting on my performance with my university tutor and school mentor and always evaluate my lesson plans and act on feedback to make changes for improvement.
My decision to become a teacher stemmed initially from the success gained whilst as a mentor. The rewards of seeing the young people develop both mentally and spiritually has led me to want to continue making a difference to young people’s lives.
As a mentor for young people between the ages of 16-18 years, whilst working as a volunteer with Envision, I developed key listening and interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate with people at different levels. I was often praised by my colleagues for my ability to enthuse young people and I felt motivated when they in turn showed their enthusiasm and imagination when undertaking team projects.
I enjoyed working with children on my voluntary placement before applying for the course, as I felt confident and was able to communicate effectively at their level and understand their needs. I have the versatility to adapt to any situation and this flexibility will be advantageous when managing children of different ages and abilities.
I have enjoyed my experience as a Manager within a children’s footwear department and the challenges this brought when dealing with very young children and parents. I often found myself in situations where I needed to interact with the child and used role play to achieve this. I used my management skills to take control of busy and sometimes quite difficult situations. I would be required to ensure staff were acting professionally and calmly which was achieved because of my own unperturbed manner. I feel that this quality to remain calm and focused is an important skill which would be valuable within my teaching career. Situations like this have developed in the classroom where I have had to multi task and deal with pupils being disruptive. In these instances I have kept a high level of professionalism and used my skills to defuse the situation.
As a trainee primary school teacher I am confident in teaching all compulsory National Curriculum subjects and have good time management skills which would enable me to construct lesson plans that have clear learning objectives/outcomes, implement effective resources and include differentiation. I would enjoy teaching personal social health (PSHE) and citizenship as my current experience in schools, undergraduate degree and previous job as a support worker to acute brain injury patients relates well to this area. I would teach the pupils how to look after themselves and be good citizens in society. Even at an early age social skills can be learnt through play. Children can develop confidence and responsibility, play active roles in their school and local community, develop healthy lifestyles and also develop good relationships and respect through anti-bullying schemes.
I have learnt from my own experiences in education, work and voluntary work that being a teacher will bring me great rewards and challenging responsibilities. As a teacher I will be required to plan, report and set targets as all this will help assess the needs and abilities of individual pupils. To be an effective teacher I will be focused on delivering all National Curriculum subjects in a relevant and meaningful way to achieve high standards. The use of phonics, role play, reading to children, mental maths and recall are teaching methods that I remember at school and would use as a primary school teacher. In addition I would offer my interests and desire to get involved in activities which would contribute to the enhancement of any school’s extracurricular timetable.
I would like to take full advantage of the opportunity to work in partnership with the governors and staff at your school as I have the commitment to teach, the drive and tenacity to work hard during my QTS year to build on my skills. This increased motivation to teach has grown since graduating in 2008, I have used the time since to build on relevant skills needed through work and volunteering and as a NQT realise that a career in teaching is my vocation.
|Primary Subject / Key Stage:||Key Stage 1 and 2|
|Secondary Subject / Key Stage||Key Stage 1 and 2|
|Specific responsibilty:||Teaching and Learning|
|Salary grade:||Other scale|
|Desired role:||I am a PGCE student and will be qualified on 2nd July 2012. This will be my first teaching position as it will be my NQT year. I hope for a teaching position in either KS1 OR KS2. Although whilst being on school placement I have a preference for year 1, 3 and 4. I would like a school that is able to offer support and training in my NQT year and in return I will be a very hard working teacher who strives to enhance and develop the learning of her children.|
|School Type:||Primary School|
|Current Job Role:||Teaching|
|Primary Subject / Key Stage:||Key Stage 1 and 2|
|Secondary Subject / Key Stage:||Key Stage 1 and 2|
|Specific responsibility:||Teaching and Learning|
|Salary Grade:||Other scale|
|School Type:||Primary School|